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Well, for those of you who have been waiting, it finally happened: Doc told Sheed to maybe think twice about the occasional three-pointer. Frank Dell’Apa has the most interesting tidbit of all the game stories from yesterday’s win over Golden State:

The Celtics have become 3-point happy at the wrong times this season. Coach Doc Rivers finally stepped in, telling Rasheed Wallace to limit the threes, during the final quarter of last night’s 109-95 win over Golden State.

“I got on him, and I rarely do, about the threes,’’ Rivers said of Wallace. “Because even though he was wide open, it’s really tough. I mean, he was wide open and he took two, but we had just taken two quick ones. But he’s got an incredibly high basketball IQ. He’s been phenomenal in the locker room. So, I’m just happy to have him.’’

Sheed’s taking 10 three-pointers per 36 minutes, an unprecedented rate for a rotation player. (In NBA history, only Dee Brown has played 500 minutes or more in a season and jacked that many threes on a per-minute basis, according to Basketball Reference). He has made 26 of them—31 percent. That is not good enough.

As some commenters have mentioned, Sheed is not jacking ‘Toine-esque threes even though he’s taking them at a rate even ‘Toine never reached. These are not off-the-dribble bombs taken outside the flow of the offense. I’ll bet if you watched all 70 of Sheed’s threes this season, you’d find his feet were set on 68 of them.

But not all of Sheed’s threes are equally good looks. I’ve been surprised by his willingness to shoot them even with a defender essentially in his face or within a foot or two of him on a close out. If you watch those threes, Sheed’s release is (out of necessity) a bit quicker than it is when he has a second longer to line up the shot.

And I’ll bet his percentage on those quicker shots is disastrously low. Someone with access to a film service like Synergy should take a quick look at those 70 threes and test out that theory.

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  • Jamison

    Or, you could do the research yourself, journalist. =)

  • I could, except, you know, Synergy costs like $50K a year for a subscription. The alternative, of course, is to DVR every celtics game (I do) and then go back and watch every Sheed three by manually fast-forwarding/rewinding through each game. Which I could do. My girlfriend would be thrilled, I’m sure.

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  • Daniel

    I’m a long time Pistons fan, and let me just say that if Larry Brown couldn’t stop ‘Sheed from jacking up threes whenever the urge struck him, Doc Rivers certainly isn’t going to.

    You knew that when you signed him. Enjoy it.

  • Daniel, Rasheed Wallace shot fewer threes under Larry Brown than any other coach since he started taking threes in 01-02.

    I looked into Sheed’s threes on Monday and posted an analysis on my blog. Doc called him out yesterday. Coincidence? Yes.

  • Good for Doc. If the other veterans get on him, too, he’ll stop.

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  • DRJ1

    A 31% 3pt% is equivalent to a 46.5% 2-point FG%. Not horrible. His 3pt% was much higher, but then he suffered through a very bad stretch that brought it way down. All in all, if he brings that % up by just a point or two, he’ll be right where he needs to be. More than that and it’ll be a boon.

    One problem with all these 3s by Sheed, on the other hand, is the fact that he is by definition not going to the paint as much as he otherwise would… not there for the offensive rebound or the easy bunnies. Since he’s often the biggest Celtic on the court, that can get to be a serious problem.

    Bottom line is that he just needs a small adjustment. Continue to take the good 3s, and get inside more.

  • Paul Galinski

    Celtics – good luck with Wallace. The last couple of years with the Pistons he would be jacking up three’s, when what the Pistons needed most was inside scoring. It was a relief to see him move on to another team. I don’t think he is physically able enough anymore to do what’s needed inside, that’s why he camps outside the arc.